Bit conservative, isn’t it?

Children are less inquisitive and ask fewer questions because their minds have been dulled by iPads before they even enter primary school, according to the head of Britain’s biggest head teachers’ association.

Andrew Mellor, the president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT), said children were coming into school as passive rather than active learners because parents were using iPads as “soothers” to keep them quiet.

The surrounding world and technology have changed. People now absorb and access information in different ways.

But the teachers are insisting we must all use the old ways? How Tory!

17 thoughts on “Bit conservative, isn’t it?”

  1. True though. I’ve stopped mine from having them because it turns them into zombies. And fucking MickyMouse. Only books now.

  2. I was quietly bored at primary school because I read loads of books at home. I was once told off because I already knew long multiplication, having worked it out a couple of years earlier through prompting from my Dad.

  3. Andrew,

    No. same thing. Mine will be zombified watching Moana or Micky Mouse too. Just let them have an hour or so each day and then give them a book. It’s frightening the way they just stare at the TV and go nuts if you get in the way.

  4. Technology may have changed, but *good* teaching is still essential if you don’t want a generation for whom the extent of all knowledge is the first page of a Google search. I consider myself fortunate to have had some excellent teachers in my formative years – not that I appreciated it at the time !

  5. Or they are children of parents whom the education system has taught what to think not how to think, and the kids have learned that at home.

  6. He’s the head of a union. That’s about as conservative as being a Labour MP.

    I don’t believe him. I’m sure there’s people who do this, just as there’s people who do nothing but let the kids watch TV, but most parents don’t. They read to them, they do number things, they do messy stuff, they take them to the park.

    And you can also use iPads in a positive way. There’s all sorts of services online for kids to learn.

  7. ” turns them into zombies. And fucking MickyMouse”

    So DJ’s kids have got Big Ears. Did Noddy not pay the ransom?

  8. Simon,

    Ah. I was trying to work out what the angle of this piece was. The head of the NAHT is saying “it’s not our fault that a lot of schools are shit, it’s the iPads”.

  9. You can use your tablet to share memes and look at pictures of cats. You can also use it to access all knowledge in the public domain, share opinions with and learn from the majority of people alive today, or enjoy entertainment of a quality and range never known before. Don’t blame the hardware. Blame the parents who discourage their children from exploring.

  10. No, it’s not Conservative, it’s Marxist. Andrew Mellor, the president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) is complaining that kids aren’t being indoctrinated enough.

  11. You can use your tablet to share memes and look at pictures of cats. You can also use it to access all knowledge in the public domain, share opinions with and learn from the majority of people alive today, or enjoy entertainment of a quality and range never known before.

    Ah, but kids have ‘nothing to do’ apparently…

  12. Southerner,

    “You can use your tablet to share memes and look at pictures of cats. You can also use it to access all knowledge in the public domain, share opinions with and learn from the majority of people alive today, or enjoy entertainment of a quality and range never known before. Don’t blame the hardware. Blame the parents who discourage their children from exploring.”

    and because most parents don’t, this is going to be a positive.

    Most of the MSM never talks about how amazing the Internet is. It’s all perverts, fake news and general wackos. It ignores how film criticism has exploded on YouTube, with some pretty serious academic-level stuff, if you’re interested. Or the depth to which Joe Rogan will take a subject, so it’s not just a stupid bunfight like Newsnight. Or people like Tom Scott who make really interesting videos about say, electronic voting.

    My daughter was explaining to me about the Korean alphabet. She was just curious and found a few YouTube videos about it. You couldn’t do that in the 80s.

  13. @jgh, September 9, 2018 at 9:02 am

    Snap. I was told off in P2 for using joined-up writing my father taught me during summer hols.

    Yes, tech can make young zombies – they become passive consumers instead of active inquisitive seekers.

  14. The big issue with the iPad generation is that a solid diet of candy crush appears to re-wire the brain away from favouring delayed gratification towards near instantaneous expectations in everything.

    This characteristic being a lot of what differentiates successful kids from the unsuccessful ones, I’m less than keen on doseing kids up on heaps of tech as “entertainment”.

  15. So change is bad but they change their teaching process every few years to progressively make worse the education system. However, he is right let’s go back to the teaching methods of the 1970s.

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